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As a foundation for the major, all students must take ES 100 - Environmental Concerns in Perspective. As a capstone to the major, students must take ES 374 - Environmental Studies: Methods and Approaches and ES 375 - Environmental Studies: Research Capstone. In addition, ES majors must meet the core requirements for one of the two ES tracks (Social and Cultural Perspectives or Environmental Science.) Students who major in Environmental Studies and plan to attend graduate or professional schools are encouraged to design programs of study that meet admission requirements for graduate or professional schools of their choice.

Writing in the Major Requirement: Environmental Studies requires writing that synthesizes information from a variety of sources, clearly articulates both science- and value-based arguments, and conveys complicated ideas. Students must learn to write independent pieces and to write effectively in a collaborative setting. In introductory courses for the major, students advance their writing skills through analytical case studies and scientific papers and reports; this focus continues in 200-level courses. The capstone challenges students to describe their complex research findings in narrative and graphical forms and discuss the relevance of their finding in a manner accessible to community groups. Environmental Studies majors fulfill the Skidmore writing-in-the-major requirement as they complete the requirements for the Environmental Studies major, learning to write in a variety of disciplines and for a variety of audiences, including the general public.

Social and Cultural Perspectives Track

The Social and Cultural Perspectives track draws upon disciplinary and interdisciplinary foundations in the social sciences, humanities, and arts to build an understanding of how changes in the environment affect social organization and cultural development. Conversely, these courses also focus on how society and culture shape the environment and on the consequences of that influence. This track is well-suited for students interested in environmentally related activities in literature, journalism, education, sustainable development, policy and law, social service, public health, and resource management.



Students in the Social and Cultural Perspectives track must successfully complete forty-two to forty-eight credits in approved courses that count toward the ES major.

     1. Foundation courses: ES 100 - Environmental Concerns in Perspective and ES 105 - Field Studies in Environmental Science;

     2. Three courses from the Social and Cultural Core classes: EC 104(E),  EN 229 - Special Studies: Texts in Context (when the topic is Literature and the Environment), ES 221, GO 231HI 266, SO 223;

     3a. Two courses, at least three credits each, from ES Cluster A: Culture, Society and the Environment; and

     3b. Three additional credits in ES Cluster A.

           At least six credits of Cluster A must be at the 300 level. Up to three credits in total of ES 271, ES 371, ES 299, and ES 399 may count toward the major.

     4. Two courses from ES Cluster B1: Exploring the Natural World (at least one course with a lab);

     5. One methods course: EC 237, ID 210, MS 104, SO 226 or SO 227; and

     6. ES Senior Year Capstone Sequence of ES 374 and ES 375.

(See Environmental Studies for a listing of cluster courses.)

Environmental Science Track

The Environmental Science track affords an integrated study of the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of environmental issues and encourages exploration of how these aspects influence and are influenced by people and institutions. This track is well-suited for students interested in pursuing advanced degrees in environmental science, conservation biology, natural resource management, and water resource management or closely related programs in urban policy and planning, agriculture policy and planning, environmental toxicology, and environmental law.



Students in the Environmental Science track must successfully complete sixty to sixty-three credits in approved courses that count toward the ES major.

     1. Foundation course: ES 100;

     2. Natural science disciplinary foundation: BI 105, BI 106CH 125, and GE 101;

     3. Interdisciplinary natural science core courses: ES 205  and ES 206;

     4. Three other natural science courses from ES Cluster B2, one of which must be an ES-designated course (two of these courses must be at the 300 level, the third must at least be 200 level, and two of the three must be lab courses);

     5a. One course, at least three credits, from ES Cluster A: Culture, Society, and the Environment; and

     5b. Three additional credits in ES Cluster A;

          Up to three credits in total of ES 271, 371, 299, and 399 may count toward the major.

     6. Two methods courses: MS 104 and ID 210; and

     7. ES Senior Year Capstone Sequence of ES 374 and ES 375.

(See Environmental Studies for a listing of cluster courses.)

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